Homemade Oreos

Today’s recipe is a request from my 4 year old nephew, Jackson.  He asked for oreos or carmel  and I opted for oreos.

Ingredients – 1 cup of butter (softened), 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour (scooped from flour container into measuring cup), 3/4 cup baking cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, brown food color (optional)

Directions – Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla.  Stir in food coloring, if using).  Blend in dry ingredients.  Cover and chill dough 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350.  On lightly floured surface, roll dough out 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick.  Use a small round cookie cutter, cup,  or glass and cut. Place baking liners or parchment paper on cookie sheets.  Place 12 to 15 cookies on each sheet.  Bake 9 to 12 minutes (or longer if you want more crisp, oreo-like cookies.  Let cool.

Filling ingredients – 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 tbs sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2-3 tbs water  

Directions – blend well.  Add more water if you prefer, 1 tsp at a time.  

Spread filling between two cookies.  Store in covered container.

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